This blog has been contributed for our consideration by guest writer Mr. Peter Hasek, a Toronto teacher and union activist. Peter is shown on the frontline pickets with the Toronto Plaza Workers below:
Strikers picket outside Mr. Chaudary's parents home: He's being a bad boy!
“I don't care what the public thinks of me.” said Rehan Chaudary, when I suggested he offer a meager cost of living increase in the contract to save face, and not appear to be unreasonable. He stated repeatedly that there was “no money” for any pay increases (though according to picketers he makes patrons pay cash, which is easy to leave unreported). He complained about how much the hotel was costing him, and how he paid to turn it into the great hotel it is today.
I couldn't get past the similarities in the language used by this employer and the provincial government in the last year in relation to teachers. The USW picketers suggested that the way Mr. Chaudary operates in the margins of legality might be assisted by government officials, and I wouldn't doubt it. I mentioned that if our leaders let situations like this take place, and not respect bargaining themselves, they are telling employers that Canada is essentially the “Wild West of Labour Rights”.
How can you help? Mr. Chaudary's phone number and more info on the strike, along with the poster above to download and share is @ Download here!